So I thought we should have an open discussion on the future of Lincolnshire Broadband after BDUK and here are my thoughts so far.
Now I know we have a few years to go, but reading some ISP news came across this article
Now some areas served by Virgin are getting 150+ speeds already as part of their supercharge upgrade.
Once the BDUK program is complete, what can we expect going forward? When my family moved to Harmston in 2003, there was no broadband. It was dialup or ISDN. It wasn't until mid 2004 when Waddington was able to offer ADSL and a further 2 years for ADSL Max. Currently on 4.5mbps at the moment and hoping for somewhere between 15-20 with FTTC. Naturally this is below the 95% to gain super fast access and by 2020 in a world of 4K TV, this will need to be addressed.
I know FTTdp is still ongoing trials and FTTOD is just far too expensive at this stage, but do we see a future FTTP rollout after the initial costs of FTTC are recovered? Superfast Cornwall has over 60k+ properties with FTTP access with around 7000 taken up service. I fear cost is the huge hurdle here at this stage. But by 2020, costs should (I hope) come down significantly enough to make it more attractive, and naturally when things become attractive, more people sign up.
6 years isn't a long time in the grand scheme of thingsâ€¦ but being stuck on 4.5mbps for 8 years hasn't been fun, I just hope this isn't the end or 'that'll do" for Lincolnshire broadband after BDUK.
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